Many foreign governments are still angry about the disclosures of NSA spying by leaker Edward Snowden.
The difference between a leaker and a whistle-blower is important.
The New York Times and The Guardian asked President Obama to be lenient on the leaker in two editorials Thursday.
For most of the past year, suspected WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning spent 23 hours a day alone in a 6- by 12-foot jail cell.
But the NSA leaker, dark as his revelations may be, is all those things.
In less than an hour, Russian authorities, media, and businesses were referring to the former NSA leaker as “a hero” and “a star.”
NSA leaker Edward Snowden found an unlikely admirer today: German lingerie company Blush Berlin.
But will the NSA leaker's protectors be able to stop him from being watched and followed?
Journalists and activists are already in love with the NSA leaker.
The NSA leaker, now hiding out in Hong Kong, says he may try to seek refuge in Iceland.
"to let water in or out" [Johnson], late 14c., from Middle Dutch leken "to drip, to leak," or from Old Norse leka, both of them related to Old English leccan "to moisten" (which did not survive into Middle English), all from Proto-Germanic *lek- "deficiency" (cf. Old High German lecchen "to become dry," German lechzen "to be parched with thirst"), from PIE root *leg- "to dribble, trickle." The figurative meaning "come to be known in spite of efforts at concealment" dates from at least 1832; transitive sense first recorded 1859. Related: Leaked; leaking.
late 15c., from leak (v.) or Old Norse cognate leki. Sense of "revelation of secret information" is from 1950. Meaning "act of urination" is attested from 1934 ("Tropic of Cancer"); but the verb meaning "to piss" is from 1590s: "Why, you will allow vs ne're a Iourden, and then we leake in your Chimney." ["I Hen. IV," II.i.22]